Solution to: How to access to your USB flash drive after you installed Zorin OS with balenaEtcher

Hi everyone. So the other day I installed Zorin OS Lite on a USB flash drive to give it a try. I followed every step from the guide about installation of Zorin, including using balenaEtcher to burn the ISO image into the USB drive.
So after I finished trying out Zorin OS, I booted up my computer using Windows 10 (which is the OS I normally use), to find out that my USB drive was inaccessible. It didn't show up on File Manager, but yet I could still see from Disk Management that it was recognised by the system, but I just can't have access to it.
So searching a bit about this, I found out the solution, from the actual balenaEtcher page. It seems that the problem was with this program, which kept the USB drives inaccessibles.
It helped me to solve my problem, so I wanted to share it in case someone find themselves in the same situation.
Hope it helps! :slight_smile:

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Or avoid using Etcher to start with :wink:
Consensus here is recommended to use Unetbootin (Linux) or Rufus (in Windows).

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That's how I got started with Zorin, too! :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: Glad you found a solution and thanks for sharing. I hope you like it and kudos for giving it a try at all even. Best of luck!

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Probably those are better options, now that I've experienced it. I know nothing about installing Linux, using this type of programms... By following the official guide about installing Zorin, I ended up almost killing my USB drive. I posted it just in case someone who doesn't know anything about all of this (just like me) can solve their problem :smiley:

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You are lucky.
I lost 2 USB sticks to Etcher :sob:

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I agree with other's statements in here. If you want Etcher to turn your USB drive into a paper weight, then by all means continue using Etcher.

Or

You could use Rufus or Unetbootin, which are known to NOT damage USB drives.

Or

If you want to burn ISO's successfully, as well as do it 20% cooler. I recommend Popsicle!

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After almost loosing a pen drive to etcher I added ventoy to it and now i keep both zorin 16 and ubuntu 20.04 on it.
I think it is the best way to keep iso's for live booting

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Here here. I love Ventoy. It was kind of odd using the browser to add my images, but i have all of them, including troubleshooting images (password recovery, memory testing and such) in that drive with six different flavors of Linux and the latest win 10 iso. It has made things so much easier!

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Paperweight for Lilliput? <-- hello Cervantes :wink:
It would be too light for anything for us human!

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You know what else is too light? Milk!

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If you still have the USB's around try this (in Windows):

(1) Open Powershell (Admin).
(2) diskpart
(3) list disk
(4) select disk # (be sure to select the USB)
(5) clean

That sequence wipes the USB entirely. At that point, I open Disk Management and finish up. Disk Management will tell you that the USB needs to be initialized, so initialize it. Then set up a new volume on the USB and format it.

I've never had this sequence fail. Ever. Even after balenaEtcher ate a USB.

But the best advice is "Don't use balenaEtcher!"

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It went to an e-waste a few months ago.
Our city has a strict rule about E-garbage and we have to take it to city's special depot.

But I will follow your advise if it ever happens again.

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